So … I failed to realize that there was a particular procedure (look! A vocabulary word!) in posting this blog and that there were certain information that needed to be in blog 2. Therefore, here’s my correction! Wow, what a learning experience!
In my junior and senior year of high school, I was lucky enough to be enrolled in English classes that the upperclassmen warned about. The classes were taught by a burly, towering, and balding man named Mr. Jackson. As a freshman, I remember seeing him walk through the hallway with such command that he could literally part the sea of students all the way to his classroom. He was a frightening teacher, yes, but being in his class made me realize that the only reason why he was frightening was because of how much he understands (1) how the classroom needs to work, (2) how to work his classroom to make it flourish, (3) how to make his students work for their benefit.
His walls had paintings depicting imagery from classic works of literature. In the corner between his desk and the whiteboard were 5 rules hand-painted by students. They were succinct, they were easy to understand —— just like the mnenomics that a lot of y’all have suggested. I’m going to borrow Mr. Jackson’s rules (and I’m sure they aren’t “his’ rules —— because I’ve seen them in textbooks, on the internet, other classrooms), and I will apply them to my classroom.
The rules are “The 5 P’s‘
Prompt — be on time (to class, in turning in homework, in responding)
Prepared — be ready (have materials — textbooks, homework, answers, questions)
Productive — be curious (keep asking, keep working, keep following)
Polite — be respectful (to others, to teacher, to yourself)
Patient — be calm (understand and acknowledge diversity)
They’re so succinct and so universal. Everyone (including the teacher!) are required to follow these rules —— rules that promote academic growth but also proper social behavior as well. They can be applied to English classes —— in fact, any classes for any subject!
Also, I found this pdf online entitled “Creating and Implementing Effective Rules and Consequences’. It looks like a chapter of a book, but it’s written in a very approachable manner and can be used for classrooms of any subject and grade. Also, it has some suggested websites, comics, and references to our textbook! (https://wwfellowship.wayne.edu/induction/establishing_rules_and_consequences.pdf)